Campbell Scanlan (centre) with award-winning design team mates Tiernan Haugh and Jamie Spratt.  Photo: University of Dundee

A former Nicolson Institute pupil and Mangersta resident has landed a top spot in international UNESCO competition, the Shenzhen Digital Award for Young Talent, in China.
Campbell Scanlan, also a well-known talented fiddle player, was part of a team of three students from the University of Dundee which designed a device to measure the amount of time people spend on their phones in a traditional Scottish pub.
Called the ‘Sociometer’, the device has the look of a seismograph and records the bandwidth data being used by phones on graph paper, visually capturing how many pub patrons are on their phones rather than indulging in a pint and patter.

Campbell and team mates Tiernan Haugh and Jamie Spratt are all currently studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee; and were inspired by the city’s 120-year old Speedwell Bar, known locally as Mennies, to capture the social phenomenon.
Teirnan, a digital interaction design student, said: “People anecdotally talk about how younger generations are becoming more content spending time on their phones rather than indulging in conversation, so we wanted to design something to measure that.
“We specifically chose the Speedwell Bar because it was recently voted Dundee’s ‘Best Community Bar’ – we thought it was fitting to install a device that could reduce the distraction of our phones by highlighting the amount we use them in a social setting.”

The 'Sociometer' in place at Speedwell Bar.  Photo: Kevin Sinclair

Product design student and team mate Jamie continued: “It’s called the ‘Sociometer’ because it shows how social people actually are in traditional boozers.
“It’s a conversation starter and is able to capture how different generations use Scottish pubs.”
And speaking of the team’s prestigious award, Lewis lad Campbell added: “We are delighted to win such a great international award for craftsmanship.
“We are excited to keep working together as designers and have high hopes of installing the ‘Sociometer’ back into Speedwells.”

The 'Sociometer' records how many patrons are having a pint and patter, and how many are drinking with digital.  Photo: Kevin Sinclair